Former Islander Thomas Vanek connected to gambling investigation

Former Islander forward Thomas Vanek is reportedly connected to a federal gambling investigation in Rochester as a witness (Post, July 22).

An NBC affiliate reported Monday that Vanek was seen walking out of a Rochester federal court after being connected to an investigation with the Marina Restaurant and Bar. The investigation is centered on 23 counts of gambling against three men, including the restaurants co-owners.

Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett remains steadfast that the 30-year-old Minnesota Wild forward is nothing more than a witness.

Bartlett relayed a statement from Vanek and his attorney:

“Representatives of the U.S. Federal Government have asked for my cooperation in an investigation. I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution. I will fully cooperate with the U.S. Federal authorities in their investigation or in any proceedings arising out of it.”




13 comments
erika
erika

Who cares! I never understood Garth's infatuation with a guy who usually gives about 25% a night! Never was a team player. Did us a great favor signing with Minny!

snowmustgo
snowmustgo

The headline should say something along the lines of:

"Thomas Vanek Found After Having Gone Missing All Spring."

I'm sure our friends in Montreal are also pleased to hear Vanek is alive and well after having gone AWOL since April.

Isles Fanatic
Isles Fanatic

Vanek-Shmanek.... Jimmy cracks corn and the Isles Fanatic don't care about Vanek anymore... #over it all



puckdad99
puckdad99

I would like to investigate why the Islanders gambled away Matt Moulson, someone who would have been happy to re-sign with the Islanders, for Thomas Vanek, someone who made it pretty clear that he was going to be testing free agency come the end of the season.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@erika 

" . . . I never understood Garth's infatuation with a guy who usually gives about 25% a night! " 

Snowman apparently thinks that a guy who gives 25% is worth $50 mil for 7 years. Good grief.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

unfortunately i dont think matt moulson was in the plans for this year anyway, making him expendable.  not saying i agree with it, but that had to be the logic. 

islesfan77
islesfan77

@slapshot18_rs Snow has been reported as saying that, "Moulson does not fit into our plans." It drove me crazy. Why say it like that and burn a bridge? Also, what kind of plan does Snow have that does not involve a 30 goal scorer who is friends with your star player.  Go to plan B.


Whatever, what is done is done.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@slapshot18_rs The top draft pick wasn't part of the plans either.  Snow was thinking the team already had too many top 5 draft caliber prospects.